14.4.2022 Headache Pathway Highlights the Strength of Partnerships with Voluntary Providers in Delivering Effective Neurological Care

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 A Slaintecare funded pilot scheme for headache has now been rolled out nationwide. The new service for patients with headache and migraine was initially piloted across three Neurology centres in Galway University Hospitals, Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) and St James's Hospital in 2020 and 2021 with funding from the Department of Health's Sláintecare Integration Fund. The objective was to pilot a programme that joins up services across the hospital, community, and voluntary sectors.


The HSE has now approved a new headache pathway for implementation across ten sites nationally. Planning has commenced in regard to funding and commencement of implementation at the remaining seven sites.
The service is led by the HSE National Clinical Lead Programme of Neurology in collaboration with the Migraine Association of Ireland, the Irish Pharmacy Union, and the Academic Unit of Neurology at Trinity College Dublin.
At their recent presentation to the Oireachtas Committee on Health on March 30th, NAI highlighted the headache pathway as just one example of the strong partnerships with voluntary providers that are key to effective neurological care. At this hearing, NAI called for effective mechanisms for funding, administration and governance which properly recognise and integrate the specialism and expertise of voluntary organisations in neurological care. 
Read the full press release on the Headache Pathway on the Department of Health website
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